Charlotte Parent's 2016 Terrific Teen Honorees
Charlotte Parent received so many impressive nominations for Terrific Teens this year that we decided to honor six additional students in this special online feature. We were inspired by their stories of leadership, service, and exploration of the academics and arts, and are sure you will be, too.
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Driven, Talented, Dedicated
Senior, Northwest School of the Arts
Charlie Mace started playing piano at age 6, but didn’t truly develop a passion for music until learned the drums four years later. After a few years playing percussion in his school’s wind ensemble, he knew his future was set.
“Playing in an ensemble setting and working with other musicians to make a great piece of music was more rewarding than any of my solo playing had been, and I knew there was no way I’d stop doing that, whether I majored in music or not,” he says.
In addition to playing percussion, he’s a pianist, bassist, accompanist and composer.
Last year he organized a concert with fellow classical groups and soloists, and a jazz combo and guitarist from Northwest School of the Arts for the nursing home where his grandfather lives. He played jazz piano and performed duets with percussion and bass clarinet. This year, he played jazz and classical piano at a performance a friend organized at a different nursing home.
Charlie, who is ranked second in his class, plans to major in music theory and composition in college with a minor in physics. He has been accepted at UNC-Chapel Hill and is still waiting to hear back from a few Ivy League schools before he makes a final decision about where he will attend.
“Charlie has a drive for success that is incredibly rare for students his age,” says Mark Johnson, director of bands for Northwest School of the Arts. “I’ve never heard him say ‘I can’t.’ He excels at everything he does.”